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Belly River | Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Lake, River, or Waterfall
Hiking along Belly River with Glacier Guides. – Courtesy Glacier Guides

Boat Access Locations

For 30 km of Grade II river, put-in at the bridge where Provincial Highway 6 crosses the river. Take-out at Secondary Highway 800 bridge. Belly River Campground users can put in at the campground itself.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO- Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Waterton Lakes National Park
Watercraft Regulations:

Alberta Environment & Parks:

Piegan/Caraway (US Hwy 89 / AB Hwy 2)
Watercraft Inspection Station
* Decontamination Unit @ St. Mary Reservoir
7 days a week

Blackfeet Nation
Motorized use permitted only on Duck, lower St. Mary’s, Mission and Four Horn Lakes. Felt soled waders, ballast boats, seaplanes and float planes prohibited. All boats – motorized and non-motorized boats must be inspected prior to launch.

Mandatory Inspection Stations:
Browning: 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM 7 days per week
Seville: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM 7 days per week *Tentatively closing after Labor Day Weekend
Birch Creek: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM 7 days per week *Tentatively closing after Labor Day Weekend

The Belly River flows north from U.S. Glacier National Park into Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park and then northeast out of the park towards the Oldman River in Alberta.

Fishing Access Highlights

Start right inside the Belly River Campground and work up or downstream.

Fishing Highlights

The most accessible trout angling is within Waterton Lakes National Park. The Belly River Campground is an excellent base for angling the river, within and without the park. The North Fork Belly River and its tributaries are closed to fishing. A national park fishing permit is required for fishing in the national park, and is available at the information centre and other outlets in the community of Waterton. For more information, visit

Paddling Highlights

The portion of the Belly River inside Waterton Lakes National Park provides the best starting point for paddling adventures. The Belly River Campground provides an excellent point of departure.


Access to Lake or River

Paved Road